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How to Make Coffee

How to Make Coffee

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Once you know how, making great coffee isn't so hard. In fact, it's easy. And you don't need an expensive, high-tech coffee maker to do it. Find out how...
Once you know how, making great coffee isn't so hard. In fact, it's easy. And you don't need an expensive, high-tech coffee maker to do it. Find out how...

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Published by: CoffeeDetective on Jan 08, 2008
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How to make coffee

Quick Tips from Coffee Detective


If you want to learn how to make coffee, there are a number of factors you need to take into account.
First, buy good coffee beans. “Good” is a subjective term as everyone’s tastes and preferences differ. But if, for instance, you like a dark roasted Colombian blend, buy quality beans from a reputable supplier. Buy beans that have been kept in airtight packaging From the moment they come out of the roaster, coffee beans start to lose the subtleties of their flavors. The problem is exposure to air. So don’t buy from self-serve bins. Buy your coffee beans in an airtight bag. And look for bags which have a small, one-way valve. Why do they have a valve? Because when beans come out of the roaster they “gas off”. If you put fresh roasted beans into a bag and seal it, the gases would build up in the bag and it would tear or explode. So quality coffee suppliers put the beans in bags with these one-way valves. The valve allows the gases from inside to get out of the bag, but it doesn’t allow any air into the bag. These valves allow roasters to put beans into sealed bags as soon as possible after they have cooled down from the roasting process.



Keep the beans away from air until just before you grind them When you open the bag, transfer the beans into an airtight container of some kind, and then grind only as many beans as you need for each brew. It’s tempting to grind enough for a few days. But if you do, the ground coffee will lose some of its flavor. Grind your beans to the correct coarseness for the kind of coffee maker you are using. Buy a coffee grinder that allows you to vary the coarseness of the coffee grinds. The grind should suit the coffee brewer you are using. Using the correct grind is a key element in how to make coffee you’ll really enjoy. Course Grind: This coffee grind is fairly large, suitable for French Presses and percolators. Medium Grind: An all-purpose grind, suitable for most drip type brewers. Fine Grind: This is the grind you would want for espresso. If you use a drip brewer and like your coffee strong, try using a fine grind. Use good water. Coffee is 98% water, and bad water can make a difference to the taste. There’s little point in learning how to make coffee, and investing in good beans and a coffee maker, if the final taste is spoiled by poor water.



If you have good tap water, that’s fine. But if you don’t, try filtering the water before you brew. Or, for those of us with terrible tasting water, use bottled water. Brew your coffee for the correct length of time. With drip brewers you don’t have control over the brewing time. But you do with a French Press. Different experts suggest different times. But somewhere between 3 and 5 minutes should do the trick. Get the water temperature right. Again, most machines will set the water temperature for you. But when you use a French Press, you’ll be boiling the water yourself. Don’t use boiling water. First, boil the water and then let it cool for a minute or two. The best temperature for making coffee is just a little below boiling point.

Any Questions?
If you have any questions about making coffee or choosing a good coffee maker, simply post your question to the Coffee Detective "Coffee Questions" page and we'll publish an answer within 24 hours. http://www.coffeedetective.com/questions-aboutcoffee.html



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